I must admit, you make some incredibly good points. However, I must make people aware of some of your other driving habits so everyone can take what you have written with a grain of salt. You are constantly on your iPhone, and while I tend to make a phone call or two while driving as well, I do not have text message conversations or update my facebook status while behind the wheel (I know it was only once, but one FB update while driving is too much). The other thing people should know is that you are chronically late, so maybe some of your frustration when stuck behind a car in the left lane going 72 should be taken out on yourself, as it’s typically your own fault you are in such a rush.
But alas, you are correct. People these days just don’t seem to have proper road etiquette. I really feel like its a Golden Rule type thing (remember that ‘do unto others’ bullshit). Everyone knows what it is like to be frustrated on the road…whether it’s because of someone hanging out in the left lane, someone going 35 in a 50 on a one lane highway, or someone not waiting their turn at a 4 way stop sign. People need to remember how fucking obnoxious that is, and then simply not make the same mistake themselves.
I will say though that sometimes left lane protocol can be difficult to judge. For example, let’s say I’m going about 75 and passing a line of cars going around 65. I’m feeling good about myself, because my Subaru Forester is crushing it, but then all of a sudden a Honda Civic with flames on it and 12 inch spoiler comes out of nowhere at 85 mph, and clearly wants to pass me! What should I do? Many people would stay in the left hand lane and pass all the cars and THEN move back over, letting the Pimp My Ride car finally pass. In my opinion, this is the wrong procedure…squeeze back in the right lane, wait til he passes you, and then move back over.
I really don’t have much more to add but I thought I should throw in one quick Drivers Ed story. On my first ride out, my instructor was a large woman (as in, there is no way someone could fit in the backseat behind her). Anyway, she had me go through a Dunkin D’s drive through at about 5pm because she “needed a snack and wouldn’t be eating dinner til 7.” I figured maybe a glazed donut and small coffee. I figured wrong. She devoured two Boston cream pie donuts, a double chocolate donut and a large iced coffee (extra cream, extra sugar) before I squared off my next left hand turn. Hmm, maybe Obesity in the USA is a good future topic…